Here are some views of the Grand Canal, Venice. The Grand Canal is one of the main traffic routes in Venice and is crossed by 4 bridges. The traffic on the canal is constant – you can take a water bus (vaparetto), private taxi or gondola (usually just tourists use this mode of transport). Everything that needs to be delivered to the hotels, houses and businesses arrives by water and is unloaded onto very narrow, wooden jetties which looks very risky but somehow it all works very well. I enjoyed just sitting, sipping a cooling drink, watching all the comings and goings on the water.
The first is a view across the Grand Canal to the buildings of the Fondamenta della Salute with the San Giorgio Maggiore church in the distance.
Later this morning I am setting off to see tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing programme live, in the TV studio. I’ve been entering the ticket ballot for years and finally I was successful! It’s a long day, entailing much queueing up, first to get our tickets validated and be given an entry number, and then then get onto the site, and then to get into the studios (although there will be a gap of a couple of hours in the middle when we are going to go and have lunch, which I think we will need to give us strength for the next lot of waiting in line) but hopefully it will be worth it and a great evening’s entertainment will await.
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First up is a photo of the sky above Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida. I wish the camera had managed to capture it as strongly as my eyes saw it, but the top of the cloud in the centre of the picture was rainbow coloured. I’d never seen an effect like that before.
The next one is a Glasgow sunset. The colours were so beautiful that I had to stop the car and admire them.
Another sunset now, in Santorini, Greece.
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Miss Piggy – Milk chocolate with almond praline and crispy bacon with quinoa.
The verdict? Delicious. The first little bite had barely touched my teeth and I could taste the bacon – a slightly smoky flavour. This was followed by a salty, chocolatey taste which combined with the crispy bacon bits to create a very tasty treat. More please.
My daughter has returned from working in Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp is well known for two things – diamonds* and chocolate. Unfortunately her salary does not stretch to bringing home souvenirs of diamonds, but she did bring us some lovely Belgian chocolates.
Some of the flavours are very unusual and not what you would ever imagine would be made into a chocolate. So far we have tried the apple and saki ones (which Mr Decisive said were very nice) and the cola one (which had popping candy in it and made me feel as though I had some kind of firework display going off in the roof of my mouth and my sinuses – a very strange sensation).
The chocolates are beautifully made and all look so appealing – except, perhaps the Bacon one. I am not sure that chocolate and bacon are going to be a good combination. I like bacon and I like chocolate, but will I like them together?
*Apparently, in Antwerp, there is a gated street of diamond shops. As you leave the street the security guards check under your finger nails in case you are trying to steal diamonds. As she was nowhere near the diamond shops, my daughter cannot confirm that there is any truth in this story.
I am feeling very pleased with myself this morning because I managed to post something every day in November. Hooray! So now here we are in December and it’s time to embrace Christmas and accept that it is nearly here (no more complaints of festive things being in the shops before summer was over, or Christmas music being played at the start of November).
To start things off I have changed to a festive theme for my blog. I was pleased to see that this theme was still available as I really liked it last year.
The next thing to do is to hang up the Advent calendar. Actually I have two Advent calendars this year. Here’s the one I have used every Christmas since we got married (28 years now – I presume my medal must have got lost in the post because I haven’t received it yet) with a little gift on it for each day.
Of course, it’s not me who gets to open any of the gifts, because I put them there, but this year (and last year too) I have a little advent calendar of my own.
The second advent calendar is a very pretty Christmas card which my friend sent me. The windows on the buildings are numbered and open up – one for each day until Christmas Eve.
The detail in the painting is lovely.
Now I need to go and look out the tea towels, crockery and other bits and bobs of Christmassy loveliness, not forgetting my Christmas CDs. When I have done that I will have to set my mind to the serious task of present shopping – it’s not just the buying of the presents I have to do, it’s the thinking of what to buy (my brain is hurting already, just thinking about it)!